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13 champions from Mr. Olympia
Larry Scott, Sergio Oliva, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbu, Frank Zane, Chris Dickerson, Samir Bannout, Lee Haney, Dorian Yates, Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler, Dexter Jackson,

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Chris Dickerson Biography

Chris Dickerson Biography

Stats:
Born: August 25, 1939
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama,  USA
Residence: Fort Lauderdale, Florida,  USA
Height: 5′ 6″ (170 cm)
Competition Weight: 184 lbs (83.5 kg)
Actual Weight: 195 lbs (88.5 kg)

Chris Dickerson (born Henri Christophe Dickerson on August 25, 1939 in Montgomery, Alabama), was born to Mahala Ashley Dickerson as the youngest of triplets. His family moved from Alabama to Indianapolis, Indiana when his mother re married a lawuer named Frank Beckwith. Chris traveled widely and lived in Los Angeles, Palm Springs California, New York City and now he retired in Florida.

A special mention to his father Henry Dickerson. “It was I who was named after him, given the French equivalent Henri Dickerson” says Chris. “He was a good, kind, and relatively accomplished man during these days when Black men were held back and so often the last to be hired, and the first to be fired. My father moved to Cleveland, Ohio after he and my mother divorced, and there became the Head of the Transportation Department for the Cleveland Trust Bank”.

Chris Dickerson’s career spanned 30 years and included approximately 50 contests. Over the decades, he built a dense and symmetrical physique augmented by a dramatic style of posing.
Dickerson earned third place at the 1965 Mr. Long Beach (California), his first contest; he placed fourth at the 1994 IFBB Masters Olympia, his last contest.
Two particular achievements stand out in Dickerson’s long career: in 1970, he became the first black AAU Mr. America, and by winning the IFBB Mr. Olympia in 1982, at age 43, he became the most senior winner of the sport’s most prestigious contest.
Chris was inducted into the IFBB Hall of Fame in 2000. Aiding Dickerson throughout his career was 1999 Hall of Famer Bill Pearl. In addition to the 1982 IFBB Mr. Olympia, Dickerson won nine other IFBB pro shows in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, making him one of the most successful competitors of all time.
Something of a Renaissance man, Dickerson studied music and is an accomplished opera singer – no wonder, then, that his posing routines were always pure theater. Dickerson lives today in a section of Fort Lauderdale, called Wilton Manors  where he continues to train at the Gold’s Gym about 4 days per week, conduct seminars, and correspond with current athletes.

Mr. & Masters Olympia Results
1979 – IFBB Mr. Olympia : 4th (LightWeight)
1980 – IFBB Mr. Olympia : 2nd
1981 – IFBB Mr. Olympia : 2nd
1982 – IFBB Mr. Olympia : 1st
1984 – IFBB Mr. Olympia : 11th
1994 – IFBB Masters Olympia : 4th

Titles Won
1966 – AAU Junior Mr USA
1966 – AAU Junior Mr USA (Most Muscular)
1966 – AAU Mr Atlantic Coast
1966 – AAU Mr New York State
1967 – AAU Mr California
1968 – AAU Mr USA
1970 – AAU Junior Mr. America
1970 – AAU Junior Mr America (Most Muscular)
1970 – AAU Mr America
1970 – AAU Mr America (Most Muscular)
1970 – NABBA Mr. Universe (Short)
1971 – NABBA Mr. Universe (Short)
1973 – WBBG Pro Mr. America
1973 – NABBA Pro Mr. Universe
1974 – NABBA Pro Mr. Universe
1979 – IFBB Canada Pro Cup
1980 – IFBB Canada Pro Cup
1980 – IFBB Florida Pro Invitational
1980 – IFBB Grand Prix California
1980 – IFBB Grand Prix Miami
1980 – IFBB Grand Prix New York
1980 – IFBB Night of Champions
1981 – IFBB Grand Prix California
1981 – IFBB Grand Prix Louisiana
1981 – IFBB Grand Prix New York
1981 – IFBB Grand Prix Washington
1981 – IFBB Night of Champions
1982 – IFBB Mr. Olympia
1994 – IFBB Olympia Masters 50+

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Chris Dickerson Quotes | Best years of bodybuilding


Chris Dickerson Quotes

Chris Dickerson Quotes

I liked it [bodybuilding] best in the 1980’s, there are so many chemicals involved in the sport now.

Chris refers to this time as the “Golden Age.” Every sport evolves but according to Chris bodybuilding is painfully different today. “I don’t follow the sport as I did. But I do like Jay Cutler; he’s a real champion, my favorite.”

Recalling the 1980 “pose-off” with Arnold, Chris recalls the controversy over Arnold’s fitness for the competition coming off his Conan movie. “I was in much better shape than he was.” Folks should know that was also the year Arnold retired. Taking the loss like a soldier, Chris would take second prize again until he won in 1982. Ironically, as the oldest Mr. Olympia and first African American title holder, he was also the first black gay winner. Chris came out in the late 1970’s.

Compared to the 1980’s, today’s bodybuilding events are pretty different. Chris says the sport is saturated with athletes taking human growth hormones to the point where one has to be part-chemist in order to effectively compete. “Doing it the old fashion, natural way is dead,” he says.

There was plenty of fame but the “real money” never came. At his peak, Chris earned $100,000 and sadly no big deals or opportunities came after winning Mr. Olympia in 1982. The prize then was $25,000 compared to today’s $125,000 top prize. Chris recalled sage advice from Tonight Show host, Johnny Carson. “He told me to get an agent. I hired a P.R. firm and they did little for me.” But he accepts his life and career warts and all. “My highlight was winning Mr. Olympia but the low point had to be in 1984—I was dropped from the top 10 in competition and my favorite aunt died the same year.”

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Mr Olympia 1982 | Bodybuilding history | Chris Dickerson Winner 1982


Mr Olympia 1982

Mr Olympia 1982

The 1982 Mr. Olympia contest was an IFBB professional bodybuilding competition held in October 1982 at the Wembley Conference Centre in London, England.

Chris Dickerson became the oldest competitor to with the Mr. Olympia title at 43 years old.
Franco Columbo, the 1981 champion did not compete.

Total prize money awarded was $50,000.

Mr Olympia 1982 results

PlacePrizeName
1.25000$Chris Dickerson
2.Frank Zane
3.Casey Viator
4.Samir Bannout
5.Albert Beckles
6.Tom Platz
7.Mohamed Makkawy
8.Bertil Fox
9.Jonny Fuller
10.Jusup Wilkosz
11.Boyer Coe
12.Danny Padilla
13.Jacques Nueville
14.Dennis Tinerino
15.Lance Dreher
16.Roger Walker

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Mr Olympia 1983 | Bodybuilding history | Samir Bannout Winner 1983


Mr Olympia 1983

Mr Olympia 1983

The 1983 Mr. Olympia contest was an IFBB professional bodybuilding competition held on September 24, 1983 at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany.

Total prize money awarded was $50,000.

Samir Bannout won the Mr. Olympia title in his fourth attempt.
Chris Dickerson, the 1982 champion, did not compete.

Mr Olympia 1983 results

PlacePrizeName
1.25000$Samir Bannout
2.Mohamed Makkawy
3.Lee Haney
4.Frank Zane
5.Bertil Fox
6.Jusup Wilkosz
7.Albert Beckles
8.Johhny Fuller
9.Hubert Metz
10.Jacques Neuville
11.James Gaubert
12.Dale Ruplinger
13.Gerard Buinoud
14.Ed Corney
15.Lance Dreher

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Mr Olympia 1980 | Bodybuilding history | Arnold Schwarzenegger Winner


Mr Olympia 1980

Mr Olympia 1980

The 1980 Mr. Olympia contest was an IFBB professional bodybuilding competition held on October 4, 1980 at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.

The event was one of the most controversial and debated competitions in bodybuilding history. While training for his acting role in the 1982 film Conan the Barbarian, Arnold Schwarzenegger stunned the bodybuilding world by unexpectedly coming out of retirement and entering the Mr. Olympia contest one day prior to the event and after having trained for only eight weeks prior. When asked about his decision to enter the competition, Arnold said “we’re going to start shooting the first few scenes (of Conan) in October, and so I really wanted to be muscular because the idea was that Conan was a very muscular, heroic looking guy, and that I should be in top shape… the closer I came to this competition more people started speculating on the idea that I would be competing and the more I started thinking about the possibility. And so around 3 weeks or 2 weeks ago I decided, well, I think it would be a kind of an interesting challenge to do something in 8 weeks that most of the guys do, preparing a year or two years in advance.”

Frank Zane, the defending three-time Mr. Olympia champion, entered the contest after recovering from a life-threatening injury. Although Zane had completely recovered and had retained his definition, much of his muscular size from the year before was missing. Other favorites at the competition, including Mike Mentzer, Chris Dickerson, and Boyer Coe, were in excellent condition making the 1980 event one of the most competitive Mr. Olympia contests.

After final judging, Arnold was declared the winner of the contest, a decision that was criticized by attendees and competitors because Arnold lacked his usual size and muscular definition. Many audience members booed as the results were announced. After accepting the runner-up position, Dickerson jumped off stage yelling “I can’t believe it!”. Although Coe and Mentzer were tied for fourth in scoring, Mentzer was given the fifth place award. Mentzer was outspoken in his belief that he was the victim of politics and conspiracy. Zane reportedly threw his trophy against the wall backstage.

During his acceptance speech, Arnold acknowledged how close the decision was, saying “I have to be very honest, that this was the highest level of competition that I have ever faced in any competition in my life”.

In the aftermath of the competition, many of the competitors, including Frank Zane, Coe, Mentzer, and Walker, vowed to boycott the 1981 contest. CBS Television attended and filmed the 1980 contest but decided not to air the contest on broadcast television as planned. It was the last time the Mr. Olympia contest was filmed by an American broadcast television network.

Arnold Schwarzenegger won his seventh Mr. Olympia and officially retired from professional bodybuilding.

Mr Olympia 1980 unlike previous contests which had two weight devisions (above and below 200 lbs), this contest had no weight divisions forcing large and small bodybuilders to compete directly against one another.
The loss and resulting controversy had a major impact on Mike Mentzer personally and professionally, it would be the last time he competed in professional bodybuilding.

Mr Olympia 1980 results

PlaceNamePrizePointsPosedownTotal
1.Arnold Schwarzenegger25000$2955300
2.Chris Dickerson2902292
3.Frank Zane2910291
4.Boyer Coe2800280
5.Mike Mentzer2800280
6.Roger Walker277277
7.Roy Callender277277
8.Dennis Tinerino276276
9.Tom Platz271271
10.Danny Padilla260260
11.Ed Corney256256
12.Tony Emmott254254
13.Roy Duval252252
14.Casey Viator252252
15.Samir Bannout251251
16.Ken Waller249249

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